Lessons in Botany. [Manuscript Notebook].
San Jose, CA: 1901. 10-1/2" x 8". Brown cloth stamped in black on front cover. 74 leaves used of 80, most recto and verso, though not all. Approx. 125 total pp of text and illustration, with several illustrations done on heavier paper and affixed to pages of the notebook. Ink splatters and light water damage to boards; hinges heavily split, with text block only attached in three places by binding bands; long tear to one leaf, affecting text; one leaf starting to split at inner margin; two leaves detached and laid in. Hole(s) punched to upper margin of several leaves, not affecting text; several leaves reinforced at inner margin with brown tape, which sometimes offsets to facing page. Still, text and illustrations clean, legible and nicely executed throughout. An about good example.
The botany class notebook of Estelle L. Piñard (1883 - 1944), a San Jose, California, resident and talented amateur artist who appears to have attended Notre Dame High School, a local Catholic prep school for girls. The notebook includes 29 pages of pencil and ink illustrations, several of them full page, as well as four pages in which real examples have been affixed to the page. Lessons include physical descriptions and illustrations of various plants and trees, diagrams of their flowers and stem and leaf structures, fertilization and pollination, etc. Many of the illustrations include notes as to whether they are drawn from life or from charts.
A nice example of one young woman's obviously sincere appreciation for and engagement in botanical studies.